The student votes have been tallied and the final selection has been made. Superintendents came to agreement and approved the name of the 18 schools uniting as one superconference in the fall of the 2015-2016 school year. With all votes tallied, the top selection is Top of Iowa Conference.
Districts in the 2015-2016 merger include Algona Garrigan, Belmond-Klemme, Central Springs, Eagle Grove, Forest City, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, Lake Mills, Newman Catholic, Nashua-Plainfield, North Butler, North Iowa, Northwood-Kensett, North Union, Osage, Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock, St. Ansgar, West Fork and West Hancock. Changes are already in place to the eight-school NIC beginning fall of 2014 with the addition of three new partners - Algona Garrigan, Eagle Grove and North Union. Riceville will no longer remain a member of the current eight-school Corn Bowl Conference, having submitted a request to opt out earlier this year.
At a joint meeting held Wednesday at the Clear Lake AEA, superintendents from the Corn Bowl and North Iowa conferences had a presentation from athletic directors representing each conference, sharing the progress on event formats, scheduling games and meets and talking about working together with many decisions having been made as a unified group. The superintendents expressed appreciation for work up to this point, and gave full support to the A.D.'s in their progress and offered suggestions for making the transition go smoothly. The super conference concept will allow for some cross-over games within the 18 schools, and several 'in' or 'out' of conference options. This was important to the athletic directors not only for scheduling, but for keeping relationships with schools played in the past.
The Top of Iowa Conference may be referred to as an "athletic conference", but it is the intent of the superintendents to create more opportunities for combined fine arts activities and student leadership events.